Hey! That's the opposite of what you said!

In 2008 Louisiana passed their attempt at the Guinness world record for misnomers.  The Louisiana Science Education Act allowed teachers to supplant the teaching of confirmed science with whatever fantasy they wished, including creationism.  It’s like the leaders we elected think we’re idiots.  Next on the ballot is the Louisiana Children’s Happiness Act which will outlaw toys, and the Louisiana Party and Inebriation Act which will ban the celebration of Mardi Gras.

The leading opponent of the creationism measure was a very thorough and talented high school student named Zack Kopplin.  He has now designated March 19 as a day of action against this legislation.

It’s a sad world when we have to fight our leaders to get them to keep schools about education and to keep our standards at the minimum standard we should expect.


About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • http://healthyhumanist.com Healthy Humanist

    Now that I’ve moved to Missouri I understand a bit better what it’s like to have education on the chopping block like this. The best thing you can do is call your representative’s office and speak your part.

  • John Eberhard

    “The Louisiana Science Education Act”.

    How Orwellian, so much like “War is Peace”.

  • Zinc Avenger

    Science 101 is the worst thing in the world.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=611455454 boselecta

    In fairness, legislative acts are quite often named after the thing that they outlaw. I suspect that’s all that’s happened here.

  • sumdum

    It’s double think alright.

  • anteprepro

    I like to think when these kinds of laws are passed, the name of the state is supposed to be interpreted as a kind of synonym for “not”. Sure, we all know that “science”, “education”, and “science education” don’t involve just-so fairy tales favored by the most influential and obsessive national book clubs. But, you see, “Louisiana science”, “Louisiana education”, and “Louisiana science education” has nothing to do with the regular kind of science, education, and science education. It’s apparently a completely different beast, as suggested by the bill, and as will be proven if it becomes a law.

    Repeat this principle for every state that has done similar shit, and you now understand everything that is wrong with this country’s educational system. So many states just prefer “American education” and “American science” to education and science. I guess I just got fucking lucky to have gotten educated in a state that doesn’t kowtow to dogma.

  • Ramel

    It’s like the leaders we elected think we’re idiots.

    I submit that they are often right to do so, and point to the fact that people voted actually voted these clowns into office as supporting evidence.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/wave-pendulums Chris

    Sadly, I think you’ve got one thing wrong–our schools aren’t really about education. They are about producing labor that is just smart enough for the workplace, but not so educated as to actually think for themselves.

    John Rockefeller put this system in place. His goal was to produce a workforce for industry.

    No rational, objective, educated person would consider “intelligent design” science or in any way worthy of presentation in an educational system. Unfortunately, there are a lot of irrational, subjective, uneducated buffoons out there who hold positions of power.

    Such people will keep bringing this nonsense up, so it’s up to the rest of us to remain vigilant.